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GalleyCat: New York Times columnist and author Thomas Friedman has returned a $75,000 speaker’s fee.

WebNewser: Slate’s new online women’s magazine, Double X, published a critique of Gawker’s lady blog, Jezebel, on its first day.

Silicon Alley Insider: Washington State may have approved a tax cut for newspapers, but here’s 10 reasons why bailouts like that are a bad idea.

Folio: Magazine publisher R.R. Donnelly offers to buy bankrupt rival Quebecor World for $1.3 billion.

paidContent: A bankruptcy court has approved $13 million in bonuses for Tribune Co. employees, but has denied $2 million in severance that was sought for 60 employees. Also, the IRS is investigating the company’s employee stock ownership plan.

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The Stimulist Puts Another Nail In Snark’s Coffin

stimulist.pngToday is a big day for launches! Slate’s Double X and The New York TimesTimes Wire both debuted today, along with Carlos Watson‘s optimistic take on the news of the day, The Stimulist.

Watson said he launched his site “to chronicle the historic shifts we’re seeing everywhere from finance to media, to find what is different and better, and to constantly remind us that dramatic change is not only possible but vital.”

“Around here we like to say ‘snark is easy,’” he went on. “Optimism — informed, pragmatic, reasonable optimism, but optimism all the same — takes work. That’s why we’re throwing our hats into the ring: to do the work of finding “what’s good.”

Between the Stimulist and Double X, “Snark is Out” is quickly becoming the recession’s maxim. The Stimulist is also a great title for a Web site, although it reminds us a little of a superhero in a Viagara commercial. There’s nothing wrong with that if it steers clicks their way!

Online Women’s Mag Double X Launches

double x.pngWay back in November, Slate chairman and editor-in-chief Jacob Weisberg told us about the three ladies that would be helming his newest spin-off venture, online women’s magazine Double X.

Today the co-editors, Emily Bazelon, Meghan O’Rourke and Hanna Rosin, managing editor Jessica Grose (previously from Gawker female-centric blog Jezebel) and publisher Peggy White, formerly Yahoo! Finance’s GM, finally unveiled Double X.

Double X has maintained the XX Factor blog, first launched on Slate in fall 2007. The success of the women’s blog — which was founded by the three editors-in-chief of Double X — spurred the development of the full-fledged online magazine and will be in the middle of the new site’s homepage.

The ambitious site will feature photos, videos and quotes “of the day,” in addition to sections about what women are thinking about right now: work and business (called “On-Ramp”) and children and family (“XXtra Small”). Double X will also host two blogs, Nick’s Dream House, which will talk about decorating on a budget, and the Oyster’s Garter, about biology and the ocean. And, it will include a women’s interest Google news feed and content from ABCNews.com.

“There’s no web site out there like Double X,” O’Rourke said in a press release about Double X’s launch. “We’ll be thoughtful without being earnest, funny without being snarky. We’ll offer a feminist viewpoint without restricting ourselves to any sort of party line. And it will be the kind of conversation men will want to eavesdrop on.”

Full release after the jump

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Slate Names Peggy White the Publisher of Upcoming Double X

Per the release: The Slate Group, publisher of Slate, The Root, The Big Money, and Foreign Policy, today announced it has named Peggy White the Publisher of Double X, a women’s online magazine launching later this year. Double X will provide provocative, lively, in-depth commentary across politics, culture, family, and other topics, while focusing on a woman’s perspective.

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Online Dispatches: EW, Forbes.com, Double X

megaphone.gifKeeping an eyes on some changes occurring online this week:

  • Will EW go online only? (On a side note we imagine this will be a recurring theme in 2009 media land). Gawker was speculating on rumors that the magazine, whose print circulation has plummeted this year, may move the whole operation online since their web traffic is strong. However! Turns out it was a false lead and the magazine is “full steam ahead for 2009.”
  • Forbes.com, which suffered some layoffs a few weeks back, is further embracing its online presence with a redesign of the story pages, its award-winning Video Network, stock quotes and executive tear sheets.
  • Double X, Slate‘s soon-to-be launched Web magazine for women, has tapped former Jezebel-er Jessica Grose to be their managing editor.